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07-02-2015 - Moiese, MT - National  Bison Range - Black-billed Magpie, also known as the American Magpie      Link to Photo  Without Frame
The tomb of Cyrus the Great  Cyrus the great (576-530 BC) was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, the largest empire the world had yet seen to that time. His  famous proclamation, inscribed onto Cyrus Cylinder, is said to be the oldest known declaration of human rights.  The tomb of Cyrus the Great, built c530 BC, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's first example of a base isolated structure.  The tomb has two foundations. During an earthquake, when the earth moves, the base foundation moves, and the upper part glides freely on its base. Amazingly this was built around 530 BC to withstand a Richter scale 7 earthquake.  The time of day I got to the tomb, after a long day of travel, the sun was in just the wrong position to show the front of the tomb with the door.  So I decided to make this work for me, rather than against me.  The use of a sun star and lens flare was a deliberate attempt on my part to draw attention to the door of the structure and give a more unusual interpretation to this famous, much photographed, monument.  To generate this opticaI effect in camera (no filters or Photoshop) I used a wide angle lens at its highest aperture and positioned the sun just above the top of the dome and shot into the sun.  A few other shots from Iran can be seen here: http://goo.gl/5YA4oJ  02/07/15 www.allenfotowild.com
7/2/15 - Allium with water drops; needs to be viewed in the XL size to see the water drops  Thanks for your comments on my shot of the iris and the bee.
Having a little orange snack..Barr Lake State Park
July 2, 2015  This is one of hundreds, perhaps thousands of water features at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahama's.  I loved the shell motif and the fact that this was high on one of the columns at the resort's entrance.    "I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall." ~ Mike May  Thank you for your comments and critiques!  Have an artful day today my friends!  Linda http://lgood.smugmug.com
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!  I wanted to find something red but it was our first sunny day in awhile so these were very much appreciated.  post for July1,2015
Shore Break, Sugar Beach, Maui 7 2 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015  "B BALL"  "My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back." ~ Author Unknown  Throwback Thursday.....  "B Ball(s)" - the name given to basketballs by our two and a half year old grand-prince, and thus, the caption. Photographed with my Nikon 70-300 mm zoom lens after photographing a sunset and the Southern Magnolia leaves (yesterday's photo). I hadn't used the lens in a long time. It's a heavy beast, but it's versatile and gets the job done.  Tomorrow is week 8 (grand finale) of Judy's (aka fotoeffects) "Lexicon Challenge." I am ready; are you?  Have a "slam duck, 3-point" kind of day!  (photo taken 4/1/2015)  My Homepage: www.GodsChild.SmugMug.com
One Famous Resident The ruin at the top of the hill is above the town of Dürnstein on the Danube.  The castle has one claim to fame - it is where the English King Richard I (the Lionharted) was kept prisoner 1192-93 on his way back from the Third Crusade.  [which allowed the Sheriff of Nottingham more freedom, etc etc].  Today the region is known for its wine and apricots.  This is a 21 shot stitch, made with ICE.  The resulting file was 50MB, reduced for uploading to 8MB.
01.07.15 - Safari  Here is something completely different from me, some old shots from a safari on the Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru in Kenya in the late 1990s. I was prompted to check out some old transparencies and make this collage after a discussion about heat and high temperatures, as yesterday was apparently the hottest July day in the UK on record. The temperature reached 92F in Lincoln, but was higher at Heathrow airport where the record was actually broken. My personal record is 126F in Death Valley, California by the way!
January 17   In memory of "Vaks" who passed quietly away yesterday. He was for us a good, loyal  friend for 12 years, but as a Fox Terrier also setting his own priorities. He was our ship dog for 6 years when we were yachting in the summertime. When we moved to Fanoe his favorite  occupation was hunting rabbits. Until two year ago he caught at least one a day, and was so proud, when he returned home with his catch. This picture was taken in 2002 with my analog Leica M6 camera and later digitalized. Thank you for your comforting comments yesterday .
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Today the Black-Crowned Night Heron were by the rocks on the west side of the lake, make great angles to shoot them, also the lake was very calm today and may I add very hot . . .
July 1, 2015  July already?  My goodness,  it seems this year is just flying by.  However, I'm glad that it's July, because now our vacation to Alaska is just 11 days away!  Yay.  That's the good news.  The bad news is I found out last week that the day after we get home from our two week vacation, I have to climb on another plane and fly to Europe for a week of business meetings.  Since I'll be cooped up inside all day every day, it's doubtful that I'll get a lot of photos while in Spain, but I will try.  This scene is in the back part (what he calls the "dirty part")  of Bill's home workshop.  This scene caught my eye the day I saw it because of the colors in the fork lift and the ladder were pretty and those colors were surrounded by the drab gray-ness of the walls, ceilings and floors.  I hope you enjoy this shot of where Bill spends his days.  "It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man."  ~ Benjamin Franklin  And, off to work I go!  :-)  Have a great and productive day today my friends.  Thank you for your comments and critiques.  Linda http://lgood.smugmug.com
07.01.15  When Piggy-Banks Fly  I know that the phrase "when pigs fly" is used to mean something won't happen. Never. What is the meaning when a piggy bank flies? And is this a good thing or bad thing.
07-02-2015 - Moiese, MT - National Bison Range - Black-billed Magpie, also known as the American Magpie    

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